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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Picking myself up and dusting myself off!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit overwhelming. There were some days I feel like I might have checked out. It just seems to be one thing after the other around here. I recently blogged about feeling unsure if I am giving my son everything he needs and announced an upcoming move that's bittersweet.

I've been talking to you about my marriage and how I sometimes struggle as a devoted wife to an unbelieving spouse, and I have to admit I have completely dropped the ball on my love dare project. I haven't even picked up the book in over a week. Well, actually I have picked it up, and then put it right back down. I just haven't felt like doing any lovey dovey things...

The kids are sick, tension is high, and this past week has been less than desirable.

Then I got a call yesterday that my grandmother is in the hospital with shortness of breathe, low blood pressure, and fluid in her lungs. She's 86, so anything scares me. Sigh..I honestly just cried and cried yesterday. Some days you just have to cry.

But, I'm picking myself up and dusting myself off.

Many areas of my life remain uncertain right now, but one thing remains true. God has a plan for me and my family and I know it's good! (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know he's bringing me through each of these experiences one by one, so that I might begin to learn how to fully rely on Him and nothing else. He wants intimacy with me, and He's willing to do anything to get it. He's bringing me through the wilderness, so that He might receive all the glory when I reach my promised land.

The Israelites traveled in the wilderness for 40 years in search of their promised land. I guess I can handle my journey.

In her bible study, One In A Million, Priscilla Shirer writes, "The Israelites probably left Egypt in anticipation of a fairly short journey. The highway along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea would appear their obvious and most efficient escape route. From Israel's present location on the east side of the Red Sea to southern Canaan was approximately 150 miles, which, had the people gone directly, would have taken less than a month to traverse. Knowing this, the people surely prepared mentally and physically for a camping and hiking adventure lasting 30 days or less."

But God chose another path for them. Through the wilderness.

"...God did not lead them by the way of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, 'The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.' Hence God lead the people around by the way of the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array from the land of Egypt." ~Exodus 13:17-18 

God chooses a "wilderness" path for us too. Why? Had God lead the Israelites through the easy path they had expected, he would not have been able to show himself to them through the miracles he had planned, and they would have never learned to depend on him. So instead of letting them choose their own way, he directed them through the wilderness, where he showed himself mighty and powerful over and over again.

He parted the Red Sea in the wilderness.

He provided springs of fresh water in a dry desert.

He rained down Manna and Quail from heaven every morning.

Just like the Israelites I moan and complain when things are tough, even though he has given me plenty of reason to remain faithful in tough times. But, just like He lead them through the wilderness, he's leading me(and you maybe) too. For the same reason.

We must go through the wilderness with God, so He can show himself to us. So we can learn to depend on Him and Him alone. So we can grow for His glory and for NO other reason. I do feel like I'm in the wilderness right now, but, I know He is with me, and he will not let me fall.

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." ~Psalm 55:22

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you." ~Isaiah 43:2

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." ~Psalm 62:1-2




P.S.
Look for THE LOVE DARE updates next week.

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8 Comments:

At February 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

Things will work out. They always do if you let God. Just walk through and learn from your journey. I am here pulling for you.

 
At February 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Just because you know and believe that God will see you through, doesn't mean it's easy to live out His plan.

I can hear that you know it will work out, but it's hard. Sending prayers.

 
At February 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Mariposa said...

I just read this verse yesterday and it encouraged me... I hope it does the same for you!

"The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand." ~Psalm 37:24

 
At February 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

Wow, I've been dealing with some of the same things and it's so tempting to just give it all up. The only thing is though, giving up isn't going to get us through it so why not keep trudging ahead! The best part is, not only does God have your back...He holds you up in his arms when you don't think you have it in you to give any more.

 
At February 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM , Blogger DaisyGal said...

I agree, that when I am down the most, that is when God finds me.
I know that having all these things happen at once is not a good thing, but to see tht the path is chosen and He'll get you there is a gift. It is.

I am dealing with lots of things too, we all have our burdens and crosses...but I'll keep this post in mind now, to remind me that there is someone there to lift me up.
xo

 
At February 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Katertot said...

Deep breaths, count to 10. Repeat as necessary. :)

 
At February 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Blogger Impulsive Addict said...

Sending prayers your way....

 
At February 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Shell said...

Sending you prayers to get through all of this!

 

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